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;D Lol, OK, whatever "Safety Bumpers Rokugan".  ::) L5R 1e is best. Keep remaking that wheel guys, one day you'll remember why its shape is so efficient!  8)
LOL, imagining samurai warriors covered in bubble wrap to protect them from the harshness of the setting.   ;D

They fight with balsa bokken and squeaky hammer tetsubos.  ;D Then we gotta NERF courtiers next. Their words are actual violence!  ::)

(That was the actual charm of the setting. Honor and face was so important that words and custom actually held overt violence in check by social custom. Remove seppuku and you might as well run the might-makes-right Shadowlands. Oh wait, they included the Spider clan and redeemed Fu Leng already by 3e thru 4e.  ::) Yeah... L5R 1e is best.  8) )
Much as 5e L5R gets flack for some of its design choices, they did a good thing by removing some of the obnoxious bits of the timeline that were direct results of the card tourney outcomes. AFAIK, there is no Spider Clan in L5R 5e. For that matter, I don't know if it's in the D&D 5e product that started this thread either. If it's not, then that's at least one small plus for it.
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;D Lol, OK, whatever "Safety Bumpers Rokugan".  ::) L5R 1e is best. Keep remaking that wheel guys, one day you'll remember why its shape is so efficient!  8)
LOL, imagining samurai warriors covered in bubble wrap to protect them from the harshness of the setting.   ;D

They fight with balsa bokken and squeaky hammer tetsubos.  ;D Then we gotta NERF courtiers next. Their words are actual violence!  ::)

(That was the actual charm of the setting. Honor and face was so important that words and custom actually held overt violence in check by social custom. Remove seppuku and you might as well run the might-makes-right Shadowlands. Oh wait, they included the Spider clan and redeemed Fu Leng already by 3e thru 4e.  ::) Yeah... L5R 1e is best.  8) )
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I used ti love anime, but that's faded since the early 90s. These days, I find most anime influences to be a negative, unless the game is specifically intended to be an anime-based game. In the latter case, I just skip it. Not judging, just a matter of personal tastes.

Theres been a swing over the decades from ultra violence to more tame stuff and back to ultra violence as people get bored of too much of one or the other.
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I used ti love anime, but that's faded since the early 90s. These days, I find most anime influences to be a negative, unless the game is specifically intended to be an anime-based game. In the latter case, I just skip it. Not judging, just a matter of personal tastes.
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My first ever RPG game was anime.  Palladium Books RoboTech Macross. 

I still love Mecha to this day.  I’ll get around to playing  Tiny D6 Mecha Vs Monsters 2 when it finally is released.  Hopefully very soon. 

Even my superhero is a Mecha pilot.  A sort of Cyclone style transforming motorcycle, but mine has a sword.  Again, using Tiny D6 rules, in this case their Super Hero game.  Armored-1, Superspeed-1, and the normal shield trait (front wheel is a left arm shield in robot mode).
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Enjoy.
« Last post by Zak S on Today at 02:46:38 AM »
....ON POINT, deadDMwalking!...

Plussing a post that's already been answered is weird because it means you don't really have any rational take on the problems point out with the post.

You don't have to make sense but when you don't someone needs to point it out so I am.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Enjoy.
« Last post by Zak S on Today at 02:45:08 AM »
No one owes you an explanation for why they don't like you. Sure, you are free to ask. But sometimes, the fact that you have to ask why at all is part of the problem - it can show a lack of self-awareness and a lack of empathy for others.

You can think whatever you want but there's nothing really accomplished by saying in a public forum you don't like someone without saying why.

You're just wasting everyone's time when you do that.

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I quickly formed the opinion that you were, at best, a manipulative narcissist, and at worst, an abuser.

Yes and you were (objectively, clinically) incorrect to think that and finding out why you decided that will help you when and if you get therapy for that.
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I've run Space Battleship Yamato using Traveller. Record of Lodoss War is the manga/anime retelling of the author's D&D game.

My games have been influenced by a lot of anime and manga. Right off the top of my head -  Bubblegum Crisis, Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, Ruin Explorers, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Gundam (a lot, but not all), Cowboy Bebop, Patlabor, Macross (some but not all), Wings of Honneamaise, Evangelion, Samurai X, Goblin Slayer, Samurai Champloo, Akira, The Weathering Continent, plus a bunch of shorts by Katsuhiro Otomo.

I have to admit, some of the stuff I watch with the family just wouldn't really work in a RPG setting. Shows like Genshiken, Comic Party, The Quintessential Quintuplets, Your Name, Belle, A Whisker Away, My Roommate is a Cat, and the Miyazaki films we like.

None of us think that isekai would be fun to play as a RPG session.

EDIT: I'm a big fan of Mekton and Cyberpunk 2020 - R. Talsorian Games had winners with those and the anime/manga influence is huge in them.

Speaking of Miyazaki, Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle might actually make good settings as there is plenty of conflict. I would like to say Castle in the Sky as well, but a lot of the broader conflict seems implied offscreen rather than explicitly outlined in the movie.
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I ran some Bushido in the late 80s and tried to stick to the culture as much as possible.

Unfortunately, some of the best examples for samurai type campaigns are some of the (somewhat cheesy) Japanese samurai television shows of the 70s-90s, and those shows are really hard to find outside of Japan. Mito-Komon is a very good one. The Shogun's retired uncle travels around with a small troop of helpers, find out injustices and then reveals himself, bring the bad guys to justice. Shows like that really demonstrate the sort of things you can leave out without losing the samurai vibe.
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If you are looking for D&D alternatives that still feel/play like D&D OSR products are indeed a good option.

Another one that I have been enjoying is Shadow of the Demon  Lord. This is actually the system I am using in place of D&D right now since my current players like d20 systems. Still trying to get them to bite on Savage Worlds, but that’s a tale for another day.
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